Romanian Orthodox Church denies financial deal with Chevron

The Romanian Patriarchy has strongly denied taking part in any meeting with representatives of US corporation Chevron amid protests in the country against shale gas extraction, after a monk accused the Romanian Patriarch of accepting money from the American company in order to forbid priests to join and encourage such public demonstrations.

“The Romanian Patriarchy strongly rejects any insinuation about an alleged meeting of its representatives with delegates of the US corporation Chevron in order to discuss a presumptive financial help for the Church in return for support of the shale gas exploration,” the Patriarchy said in a media statement.

It said that the monk who accused Patriarch Daniel, the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, of siding with Chevron is not a hermit, as he claimed, but is illegally wearing religious clothes.

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